Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Church of St. John the Baptist in Orawka
After leaving Kraków, we drove south through the Polish countryside and just before we crossed the border into Slovakia, we stopped in the small village of Orawka to visit this beautiful church. The Church of St. John the Baptist is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Polish region of Upper Orava. It was built in 1651-1656. There are three late Baroque altars and a pulpit and organs dating from the 17/18th century. The walls and ceiling are covered with original polychrome paintings also dating from the 17th and 18th century depicting scenes from John the Baptist's life, several saints and the 10 Commandments. The church cemetery surrounds it in the front. There was some sort of festival going on behind the church while we were there and I bought some hand-made candy for my grandkids from the gentleman you see in the last photo.